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Oklahoma State basketball: Texas Tech official says Marcus Smart claimed fan called him a racial slur

by Erik Horne Published: February 9, 2014

Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart says a racial slur was thrown his way. Texas Tech fan Jeff Orr says otherwise.

A Texas Tech official told The Oklahoman’s John Helsley that as Smart was being led to the locker room following Saturday’s shoving incident in Lubbock, Smart continuously repeated that the fan called him the n-word.

Smart was given a technical foul but was not ejected from the 65-61 loss to the Red Raiders. He was still courtside and angry as fans in Lubbock stormed the court following the upset win.

OSU has announced that there will be a news conference in Stillwater at 5 p.m. with Smart, coach Travis Ford and athletic director Mike Holder to address the issue.

The Texas Tech fan, identified as Red Raider alumnus Jeff Orr, was recognized as a Texas Tech basketball's “No. 1 fan” in 2010 by the school’s website. The school even did a video piece on him in 2010 as well.

It’s not the first time Orr has sat in that spot behind the basket, or provoked a player. That still doesn’t make Smart’s reaction the “smart” thing to do.

Smart’s reaction was, however, taken into account by media minds such as ESPN’s Jay Bilas:

 

CBS Sports analyst and former Oklahoma State player Doug Gottlieb relayed texts that Orr sent to a mutual friend following the game. The texts indicate that Orr admitted saying something, but the Texas Tech alum also denies using the n-word:

 

 

 

Meanwhile, Oklahoma State awaits a decision from the Big 12 on Smart’s status. From Kelly Hines of the Tulsa World:

On Sunday morning, a Big 12 spokesman told the Tulsa World the conference will review the incident in accordance with its sportsmanship policy. The policy prohibits “verbal or physical abusive acts” toward officials, other players, coaching staffs, institution personnel and fans.

Some reactions from Twitter:

 

 

For what it’s worth: Many people (including myself) wondered why Travis Ford didn’t immediately get Marcus Smart out of there after the incident — send him immediately to the locker room. But Helsley, who was seated two rows behind the scorer’s table and to the right of the Oklahoma State bench, said he didn’t see the incident when it happened, and that Ford most likely didn’t see it either. Ford said as much following the game. Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith didn’t see it, and he was closer to the action:

by Erik Horne
Online Sports Editor
Erik Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep...
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